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Earthworks close part of Whataupoko Reserve

11 Oct 2011

Earthworks close part of Whataupoko Reserve

Council staff were alerted this week about earthworks on a property on Seddon Crescent in Whataupoko that has affected the safety of a walking track in Whataupoko Reserve off Fox Street. The track has been closed to the pubic because a steep drop immediately adjacent to the track has been created and is potentially dangerous to track users. Council’s environment and policy manager Hans van Kregten says that it appears the earthworks have taken place during the weekend. “Previous works have taken place on the property, and this work complied with the Resource Management Act. It appears the most recent works have not been consented. “

Mr van Kregten said that Council staff are currently assessing the extent of the works and whether or not the area affected includes Council property. “Council staff have met with the owner and outlined their concerns in terms of slope stability, stormwater effects and impacts on the nearby Bernie Vettie mountainbike and walking track. Depending on the outcome of this investigation, Council may look at enforcement options under the Resource Management Act” Mr van Kregten said.

He reminds residents that if they want to use their land in a way that does not comply with the rules of the Gisborne district and/or regional plans they need to get resource consent. The plans set out rules and related information about what are permitted activities. You do not need resource consent for permitted activities. Other activities require resource consent and you should always check the district and regional plans before you make any changes to your property."